August 8, 2013
A meeting between Russian and US defense and foreign ministers will also be scheduled for later this week in Washington. Although Obama canceled Wednesday his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the G20 summit, it is a relatively insignificant change.
The US has apparently accepted the fact that
Russia granted one-year asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward
Snowden. Russia has impressed the world, which views the Kremlin as the
"winner" and the White House as the "loser."
the Snowden case, all the other countries
involved have become winners while the US is the sole loser. Washington put
on a show of bravado, but failed to extradite Snowden in the end. By
contrast, Moscow displayed its national characteristics of decisiveness and
boldness and kept Washington at bay.
Now, the decision seems to have generated better
results. Some of the US' hypocritical national policies were exposed, and
Snowden was not extradited to the US. International opinion is scathing of
the US in information security issues. At the same time, Sino-US relations
have not been greatly affected.
Moscow is willing to take the lead in the
Snowden case and has experience in doing so. This perfectly fits Beijing's
Russia's action deserves respect from China.
In the same manner, Washington is unlikely to
fear Beijing, and Beijing needn't fear Washington. What Beijing should care
about most is how to maximize its interests in its relations with
The performance that has disgraced the U.S.
is far from over...